The Green Car – Go Green Without Changing Your Vehicle

With the ever-increasing price of fuel many of us are looking for ways to save money. Buying an alternative fueled car like a hybrid or pure electric vehicle is one option. However these vehicles are very expensive to buy. The good news is there are many ways you can make the car you have now a lot more environmentally friendly. If you are searching for the green car, it may be already sitting in your driveway. Follow the guidelines below to start saving money and helping the environment today.

Avoid excessive braking:

This is one of the simplest tips, yet many waste massive amounts of fuel by braking late and heavily. As you speed up you use fuel, this is burned by the engine and turned into forward motion. If you then brake all this energy you paid for is converted into heat and some noise. Braking wastes fuel, so the more you anticipate having to slow down, and let the vehicle do this naturally, the more value you will get out of the energy you use.

Accelerate slowly:

The pedal under your right foot is in its simplest form a fuel tap. The more you push it, the more fuel you use. Heavy acceleration uses the maximum amount of fuel. If you practice accelerating gently, and couple this with gentle braking will save gallons of fuel per month.

Get your car serviced regularly:

A properly serviced and tuned engine will perform at its peak efficiency. The longer between services you allow the vehicle to go the more inefficient it will become. Trying to save money on servicing costs is a false economy. With prices the way the are you will likely save more than the cost of the service in fuel saved.

In traffic turn off your engine:

If you are stuck in a traffic queue you should turn your engine off. Your car uses fuel even when stationary, and switching off will save this fuel. You will also not be pumping exhaust gasses into the air leading to a cleaner planet. Some modern car engines are now incorporating a system that automatically switches the engine off whenever the vehicle is stationary for a period of time.

Switch your fuel:

Most forecourts now have greener fuel options. Bio-diesel and even Bio gasoline or ethanol are available in most areas. Most modern engines can switch without modification. These fuels are not always cheaper, but are much friendlier to the environment. Bio-diesel, for example, gives you an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to regular diesel.

Don’t use the car for short journeys:

A car powered by traditional fuel like diesel or gasoline is at its most uneconomic when it is cold. Constant short journeys, where the engine never gets warm, are the most inefficient way to use your fuel. A great way of helping the environment, and at the same time improving your health, is to leave the car at home and use a bike or walk instead.

There are many ways you can save money and make your car greener today. You don’t have to change your car. I hope the points above have given you a few ideas. Enjoy the savings and happy greener motoring.